“immune system”

May
28

Hay fever – Nothing to Sniff About

If you’re one of the millions of people who start sneezing as soon as spring arrives and trees and flowers start to shower us with their pollen, then you’ll know exactly what hay fever is all about. Streaming eyes, blocked nose, sneezing, itching skin – it’s not a lot of fun. There’s still lots we […]

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Mar
02

Why Do We Dream?

John Lennon famously said “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one" – and he was right. Whilst researchers are still debating what the function of dreaming actually is, the scientific community agree, almost unanimously, that we all dream. We also know that our dreams are most abundant during the REM […]

By Joanna | Wellness
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Nov
28

Regenerative Medicine – Is The Wait Nearly Over?

It sounds like something out of science fiction – being able to grow new body parts to replace one which has failed or been damaged in an accident. Medical Science has taken enormous steps since the first organ transplant took place in 1954, and now the main advances in medicine appear to be connected to […]

By Joanna | Medical Education
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Jul
01

Rare Diseases: Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis (pronounced sar-coy-doe-sis) may not be a well known condition but it does affect about 1 in every 10,000 people.  This potentially fatal inflammatory condition causes the body’s immune system to produce groups of inflammatory cells that are then deposited in various organs.  In 90% of patients sarcoidosis granulomas can be found in the lungs […]

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Why are people still dying from AIDS?

One in six of the 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV are unaware that they are infected! Prevention efforts have helped to keep the rate of new infections down.  Fewer people are dying from HIV and AIDS related illnesses and actually living much longer.  However, there is a worry that the […]

By Joanna | Medical Education
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Don’t be dozy – 8 Reasons to get some sleep!

Sleep – there’s good news and there’s bad news….

By Joanna | Wellness
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